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As far as laptop concepts go, it’s hard to find something truly new. The form remains basically the same, no matter how it functions. But designer Tommaso Gecchelin has come up with a surprising new configuration that combines the best of a notebook, netbook and tablet. His MacBook Touch design can go from the basic screen-and-keyboard layout to a full-size tablet to a two-sided tabletop display with ease. It’s not a dual-screen setup; rather, it’s one flexible touch screen integrated with the as-yet not invented technology called iSpine that will allow it unprecedented flexibility. The designer compares it to the flexibility of the human spine, though we’ve never seen a human spine bend like this.

Although it wasn’t commissioned by Apple and may never end up seeing production, the design is truly a thing of beauty. Imagine having all of these configurations at your fingertips without having to buy multiple devices. When fully extended, the display is the size of a sheet of A4 paper but doesn’t have any “dead” space in the middle; you can even bend it all the way “backwards,” making it an ideal ebook reader. OLED technology is making this type of of device more and more possible.

The Magic Dock, a thin external device that houses the power and USB ports, twists to create a stand on which the computer sits when it’s fully extended. The MacBook Touch would also come with an iPen, an input device that would work much like the stylus of any tablet PC. When in a notebook configuration, the “keyboard” would be an on-screen touch keyboard, much like the one currently in use on the iPhone and iPod Touch. A wireless full-size keyboard would be available as an accessory, also.

Of course, Apple doesn’t typically pick up ideas from third-party designers, but much of what Gecchelin proposes seems to be in line with the way notebook technology is moving. We are increasingly demanding machines that are more portable, more adaptable, and more multi-functional. The bendy, completely customizable display of Gecchelin’s design would allow the sort of freedom that it’s hard to find on any existing laptop, tablet or desktop computer. Even if Apple doesn’t produce it, it seems pretty feasible that we’ll be seeing this type of notebook sometime in the near future.

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It’s very likely that this is not the Apple Tablet interface, but in case it is, we’re surely pleased to see it. Imagine a combination between iPhone OS, Mac OS X and HTC TouchFLO 3D, with a little bit of something extra. The UI is very finger-friendly and proposes a new way of unlocking a tablet PC:

The user will manage the device with his thumbs, as he holds the tablet with his two hands. The unlock screen shows essential info, like the time, date, weather info, a calendar and an unique system of unlocking the tablet.

Afterwards, you get a glimpse of the product’s interface and know that there are two virtual sliders used for unlocking, one on the left and one on the right side, depending on which hand you use.

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Presenting the next generation of Apple IPhone, designer Fabio Merzari has popped up a cellphone concept that can be used either opened or closed, letting the users change the dimensions of the mobile handset. Dubbed the “RFR IPhone Next,” the next-gen mobile phone integrates a transparent display formed by two OLED screens with lots of shape memory alloy, which when in closed configuration rolls neatly within the case.

As soon as you touch the screen, the icon pops-up on the display to allow multi-layer effect, while multi-colored illumination that adjusts according to light conditions ensures easy access of info to the users. Featuring the body finished in aluminum, the RFR IPhone Next also touts a massive 128 GB memory and comes integrated with Ichat 5 Mpx camera.

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We are not sure if Apple has a netbook simmering this year, but if it looks anything like the above concept, they can be sure they have a winner in the mini-notebook segment too.  The above concept was designed by Adam Benton for MacFormat and looks like an iPhone that’s had one too many meals and runs iPhone OS 3.0.

The entire Home directory will be stored on a Apple cloud server and frequently used files are cached locally.  For charging, the netbook can be docked and also connected to a variety of devices using its USB and FireWire ports.  Integrated 3G connectivity to keep in sync with the Apple servers and Bluetooth A2DP audio profile round out its wireless options, and for those reticent about using the virtual keyboard, a hardware keyboard can also be paired via Bluetooth.

Sounds nice, right?  Let us wait and see if Apple has something that matches this concept or ups the ante a bit more.

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The pace with which technology is progressing in modern era, we can’t even visualize the form and functioning of the gadgets in the days to come. Now we don’t have any other option than to bank on the vision or insight of the designers, giving the glimpse of futuristic technology and gadgets.

Are you one of those futuristic beings who thinks touch screens are passe?  Then let me present you with a concept designed by French designer Josselin Zaïgouche, made for Apple, who are hoping to launch it by 2020. It’s aptly called Black Hole, and it incorporates holographic and levity techniques to control its functions, applications and usage.

To add more variety to the usage of  the Black Hole, it is designed in such a way that once it’s connected to the charging base, it can be used as a desktop device – opening up a plethora of possibilities, especially in confined spaces. It’s like a crystal ball, without the big fat crystal, and it’ll just fit in the palm of your hand.

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By now, we’re almost sure that Apple’s tablet is going to be called iSlate (as Cupertino has already secured the domain name a few weeks ago) and that the company will take the wraps off by the end of January. What we’re not that sure about — but there are a lot of speculations going on, is when the device will actually make it to the market. However, according to the Wall Street Journal citing “people briefed on the matter” the 10- to 11-inch touchscreen tablet should be in stores this March.

Supposedly looking more like Apple’s line of MacBook laptops than the iPhone (size wise), Cupertino keeps tight-lipped when it comes to confirming or denying the rumors about their multimedia device, which by the way, will let people watch movie and tv shows, play games, surf the Internet or even read elctronic content like books or newspaper.

“One of the people briefed on the matter added that Apple was working on two different material finishes for the tablet, though it was unclear whether the Cupertino, Calif., company was just testing them or planning to come out with multiple versions of the device at different prices,” the WSJ reported.

Can’t wait for it to hit!

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